If there’s been one consistent from most Rangers fans in the past week, it’s the answer to an Ibrox Noise straw poll on levels of contentment over Rangers’ January business.
While few are unhappy with the potential additions of Todd Cantwell, Nicolas Raskin and Morgan Whittaker, the same replies dominate discussion, and it’s a real issue in truth:
The complete and chronic lack of any new defenders or goalkeepers.
Ibrox Noise remembers the laughable reaction last summer when fans were so keen on Jon McLaughlin as number one, explaining we simply didn’t agree with our peers or Giovanni van Bronckhorst on that decision. As time often does, the former number one was quickly exposed as garbage, and fans changed their minds. But Allan McGregor, formerly utterly brilliant, is simply too old now to live up to his old standards and can only be used sparingly himself as an alternative. Robby McCrorie is injured.
So the lack of a new stopper is worrying, at least, to many – Michael Beale has already claimed he’s happy with all three goalies, and Rangers did sign two of them up long term recently – only Allan McGregor expires this summer. But Beale doesn’t seem interested.
As for defender? Yes, this is a concern too, and another one Beale doesn’t seem to share with fans. He’s already said his style leaves the team exposed at the back, and goals will be shipped. Fans need to accept that. But there’s literally only two senior defenders worth anything actually fit, Connor Goldson and Ben Davies.
John Souttar and Filip Helander’s returns are ETA, while Leon King isn’t up to it. James Sands is the only other option and fans really don’t like him – he’s also been used as a late sub for midfield anyway.
So there isn’t a lot there. But it doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon. So unless Rangers shock us all with an about turn in the next few days we can forget about any defensive additions at all. Including goalkeeper.
That’s just the way it is, defence is not so important under Michael Beale.